69 days to kickoff: Vernon Hills

69 days to kickoff: Vernon Hills
June 21, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Edgy Tim

CSNChicago.com is your top destination on the road to the 2014 high school football season. CSN preps contributor “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran will take a look at 100 teams in 100 days, counting down to the opening night kickoff on August 29th.”

School: Vernon Hills

Head coach: Bill Bellecomo

Assistant Coaches: Corey Atwell, Greg Stilling, Jason Czarnecki, Todd Geddville, Tim Dydo, Dave Schroetter, Desmond Clark, Phillip Daniels, Meko Miller

Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Cougars get back to being a factor in the North Suburban Prairie? Vernon Hills has seen a recent downturn in the football program, not having made the state playoff since 2010.

Name to watch: Senior OL Joe Blitstein (6-foot-5, 295 pounds) has size and tools to continue to draw recruiting interest this summer and fall.

Biggest Hole To Fill: The Cougars will need to reload on both the offensive and defensive lines. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Cougars could be gearing up for a decent run over the next few seasons. The Class of 2016 in particularly looks strong and features starting quarterback Connor McNamara (son of Stevenson  head coach Bill McNamara) plus a deep and talented group of offensive skills.